Friday, March 10, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 10-16

Gary Burton's final tour -- with Makoto Ozone at the Dakota, March 15

© Andrea Canter

These days, it seems that our music is as diverse as our weather.  And we will have to count on the music to provide the warmth this week! Some of our most creative artists are in the spotlight this week, as is as one of the most lauded jazz artists of the modern era, stopping in town on what he says will be his last tour.

Big Gigs This Week
Doug Haining
Friday, March 10. Swinging be-bop will be cooking at Jazz Central when Doug Haining returns with the Cannonball Collective. Launched back at the old Artists Quarter, this ensemble pays tribute to alto sax legend Cannonball Adderley. Haining leads the way on sax, with Adam Meckler on trumpet, Ted Godbout on keys, Chris Bates on bass, and Jazz Central host Mac Santiago on drums.

Victor Wooten
At the Dakota, it's the second of two nights with the Victor Wooten Trio-- the funky bassist teams up with saxophonist Bob Franceschini and drummer Dennis Chambers. Another team works the dinner hours at the Icehouse --Zacc Harris and James Buckley make it a double string night. More jazz--savvy singer Sophia Shorai at the Loring Pasta Bar.

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Friday-Saturday, March 10-11. At Vieux Carre', expect plenty of mayhem from Vector Families, led by internationally renowned drummer Dave King (Bad Plus, Happy Apple). He's in mighty fine company with saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Dean Granros, and bassist Anthony Cox. There have been hints of a CD release! In the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske continue their long-running duo.

Davu Seru
Saturday, March 11.  The season's final installment of the Jazz at Studio Z concert series features the No Territory Band, led by drummer Davu Seru. His usual cohorts--Pat O'Keefe on clarinets, Nathan Hanson on saxes, and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes--are joined by Noah Ophoven Baldwin on trumpet and Scott Fultz on baritone sax. The band plays Seru's original compositions, which allow plenty of space for each musician's interpretation. Davu leads a "master class" discussion about composition and improvisation an hour before showtime. Stay tuned for news of the annual Jazz at Studio Z Festival coming March 25th.

Steve Kenny
Over at the Black Dog, the Saturday Night Jazz series continues with a double bill, starting out with the Post Atomic Trio --that's David Hamilton on piano, John Croarkin on sax, and Derrin Pinto on drums, followed by Central Standard Time. Their fluid line-up this weekend includes Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Dave Brattain on saxes, Javi Santiago on piano and Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt at the trapset.

A duo we enjoyed last month at Studio Z, Oudyano -- Steven Hobert on piano with Issam Rafea on oud-- play a rare Saturday at Jazz Central. The music is alternately sublime and wandering, always beautiful.  

Kate Lynch*
Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows bring their love for early 20th century music to the Aster Cafe-- "four parts music, mixed with 1/5 part history, best served over heat." Bassist/vocalist Kate has a rotating cast of "excellent fellows" to back her repertoire, 1908-1951.

Travis Anderson
Lots of strings tonight: Talking Strings led by Pavel Janey holds their weekly get-together at Loring Pasta Bar; Tim Sparks joins James Buckley at the Icehouse, followed by another acoustic guitar summit, hosted by Elgin Foster with some favorite jazzers, Joel Shapira and Park Evans. And Normandy Kitchen hosts the always-entertaining and swinging Travis Anderson Trio, with Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman joining the high-energy pianist.

Maryann Sullivan
A relatively new site for music, Tin Fish at the Braemer Golf Course presents Mary Ann Sullivan and Corner Jazz (open to the public), while the Benny Weinbeck Trio holds its weekly party at Parma 8200.

Jennifer Grimm
Sunday, March 12. Brunch -- Patty and the Buttons at the Aster, Robert Everest at Maria's. Later in the day, catch Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm), the weekly B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central (3 pm), and evening gigs with the Parisota Hot Club at the Aster, Jennifer Grimm in the Dunsmore Room,  and Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Andrew Tomten
Monday, March 13. The Acme Jazz Company holds their monthly blowout with crooner Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge, while youth are in the spotlight at Jazz Central, where U of M saxman Andrew Tomten leads a trio followed by the weekly jam session.

Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich
Tuesday, March 14.  The engaging voice and guitar collaboration of Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich ignores the Steinway in the Dunsmore Room, with support from Chris Bates and Jay Epstein. Another engaging pair -- Chris Olson (guitar, vocals) and Laura Caviani (piano, vocals) performs on Olson's "Project" night at the Black Dog. 

Inventive vocalist Meredith Monk is on campus at St Olaf this week and tonight presents a free performance at the Lion's Pause Mane Stage on campus. On the "Tuesday Talks" series at the Minnesota History Center (10:30 am), it's another chance to hear Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, performing the songs from her Listening for Your Song album, the songs referenced in the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Big Band Night at Jazz Central brings back the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster. Meanwhile, Chris Lomheim provides solo piano on the early show at Vieux Carre', and the Nova Jazz Orchestra offers original big band charts at the Minnesota Music Cafe.

Andrew Walesch
Wednesday, March 15.  Crooners Lounge hosts pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch with saxophonist Dave Karr and special guest, guitar guru Dean Magraw--that's three generations of talent on one stage. Walesch and Karr--who could easily be grandpa and grandson--have a special chemistry that should only be further ignited by the presence of Magraw.

Gary Burton
At the Dakota, on what he says is his last tour, vibes giant Gary Burton teams up with long-time duo partner, pianist Makoto Ozone. Their well titled 2002 album Virtuosi is still considered on of the classic jazz pairings, showing off their telepathic interplay on jazz standards as well as classical gems from Gershwin to Brahms.

Aaron Kerr
The Black Dog hosts Aaron Kerr's monthly installment of Dissonent Creatures, while Pete Whitman will bring the Steven Hobert Quartet (with Pete, Yohannes Tona and LA Buckner) to his curatorial feature at Jazz Central.

Illicit Sextet
Thursday, March 16. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the CD release for the Illicit Sextet.  Launched about 30 years ago with a long hiatus into the new century, this ensemble returned with new energy about 7 years ago, and hasn't looked back.  Boasting only original music from the musicians (Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman), the band celebrates Addendum-- the natural follow up to Chapter One and Chapter Eleven. Perhaps Preface comes next?

Peter Vircks
"Midnight Love" sounds more like a lounge bar band but actually it's a soul jazz ensemble centered around the vintage organ of Brian Ziemniak with the classic frontline of sax (Peter Vircks) and trombone (Matt Darlling) with bassist Patrick Nelson and drummer Greg Schutte, putting it all together at Vieux Carre'.

Erik Fraztke
Khyber Pass Cafe's music night features Blood Quantum (Erik Fratzke and Tim Glenn), a "fractal doom for strings and percussion. Dissecting simultaneities within drone grids and folkloric electronics" and tonight adding guest guitarist and former area resident Luke Polipnick.

Thursday is Jazz Vocal Night at Jazz Central, and tonight former Milwaukean Suzanne Paris takes the stage with everything from pop to standards. For dancing fools, Beasley's Big Band hosts a swing dance at Wabasha Street Caves.

More Jazz!
Katia Cardenas
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Join Andrea on the Lead Sheet broadcast next week (Thursday at 4:40 pm, 88.5 fm) when her guest will be vocalist Katia Cardenas, who holds a birthday bash at the Icehouse on March 26th.

Coming Soon!
. March 17, Nick Syman Quartet at Jazz Central
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 18, Maurice Jacox at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 18, American Reverie at the Roots Cellar (University Baptist Church)
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 19, Brian Lynch with Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20, Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 23, Peter Schimke Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 23, Peter Kogan Quintet at Vieux Carre'
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. March 25, Shapira-Granros Duo/Rodney Ruckus Birthday Tour Finale with Jonathan Greenstein, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 27, Evil Genius (Stefan Kac) at the Icehouse
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 29, Vanessa Trouble in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 30, Colossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 31, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch at Crooners Lounge
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 3, Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 4, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio "Jazz It Up" with AdamLinz/Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough/Carol Bergquist at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 20, Fermentation/Damman-Seru-Bates, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 22, Abebi Stafford Trio/Chris Bates Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25-26, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 27, Michael O'Brien Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 4-5, Randy Brecker/Peterson Brothers at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 11 & 14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more, Iowa City Jazz Festival 

Bryan Lynch, in the Dunsmore Room with the Emmet Cohen Trio, March 19
* All photos by Andrea Canter unless marked with asterisk